Summer Interludes

Summer Interludes – A Virtual Series

Eremos invites you to step back from daily distractions for an hour to experience our virtual Summer Interlude Series. Each facilitator will share a practice, wisdom, or an experience that is sustaining them through this summer like no other.

Let this time of being in virtual community with like-hearted souls inspire and nourish you in body, mind, and spirit.

Dates

Dates

WEDNESDAYS: June 10th and 22nd, July 8th and 22nd, and August 12th and 26th.
Time

Time

11am to Noon (JUNE sessions) and Noon to 1:00pm (JULY and AUGUST sessions)
Location

Location

Virtually (via Zoom)
Fee

Fee

Only $5 per session! (Zoom link will be sent a few days before each session)

$30 for all sessions

Sunflower photos provided by Jack Shirley

Join us for as many as you can. We look forward to being with you!

The Shape of the Day with Cathey Capers
June 10th

The Shape of the Day with Cathey Capers

The pandemic has shifted our awareness of time and the day’s flow. Many can’t remember what day of the week it is or the time of day.

The rise and fall of a day is something given to us even in the most disruptive of times. Learn how a simple awareness of the progress and spirits of the day can hold us in a balanced and grateful posture. We will share examples of how to recognize those opportunities within your own day to bring your awareness to the larger stage on which we all act.

Cathey Capers, M.Ed, enjoys offering learning opportunities in contemplative practices that foster renewal, as well as poetry circles that focus on healing and connection with self, others and the “Secret One” within.

Katie Raver on Reducing Screen Time Fatigue & Strengthening Your Sacred Awareness
June 24th

Katie Raver on Reducing Screen Time Fatigue & Strengthening Your Sacred Awareness

Did you know that you can enter into your own personal version of Sacred Awareness *while* you’re working on your computer or attending online classes or meetings?

Join Katie Raver for an hour of renewal, stories, and fun easy techniques for dealing with all this abundance of screen time. Maybe your version of Sacred Awareness is that still, small voice within, or your highest calling, or your connection to the Divine, or the healing energy of Love, or the quiet between words, or something else entirely.  However you experience your connection to all that is… You don’t have to give up Sacred Awareness to connect online.

Katie Raver is an NLP master trainer and organizer of the annual Free Day of NLP.  Participants enjoy her stories and calming presence.

Sr. Marie Angele Sanchez on Connecting through Creative Expression
July 8th

Sr. Marie Angele Sanchez on Connecting through Creative Expression

The events of 2020 have made us painfully aware of our very human need to ‘make sense’ of who we are and where we are heading.  The symbolic has been the way humans externalize the wisdom—both innate and learned—that we hold deep within.  Art therapist Pat Allen has said, “To create means to walk on holy ground, to engage with the Divine, and to experience it moving through me to manifestation.”  Let us connect, then, with Wisdom residing in each of us individually and collectively in the silence, reflection and exercises offered in this hour.

Sr. Marie Angele Sanchez, born and bred in the land of Franciscan mission churches of New Mexico and west Texas, was drawn to the joy of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. She facilitates the monthly Contemplative Creative Circle. She works as Office Manager at Our Family Home Care to enable seniors to live healthily and with dignity in their chosen place of residence.

Rev. Dr. Mona West on Praying the Psalms
July 22nd

Rev. Dr. Mona West on Praying the Psalms

In this Summer Interlude, we will learn about the nature of Hebrew Poetry, the seasons of life reflected in the Psalms, and the development of the Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office. Participants will have opportunity to compose and share their own psalm and we will close with a responsive reading of the assigned Psalm for the hour of the day.

Rev. Dr. Mona West holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and is a past part of the clergy in Metropolitan Community Churches. Praying the Psalms has been a regular practice of hers in both good and challenging times.

Rev. Doug Fritzsche on Letting Go of What “Normal” Looks Like
August 12th

Rev. Doug Fritzsche on Letting Go of What “Normal” Looks Like

“We’ll get through this together!” You’ve seen the ads on TV. The implication is that things will someday get back to normal. Whatever that means. I don’t know about you, but I remember normal as a place where I could see the grand kids whenever I wanted, hug strangers, chat with the person next in line, hand a homeless guy a buck. Of course that image is cloaked in a mist of nostalgia. There was plenty about normal that sucks, too.

2020 has rocked the foundations of our lives in so many ways. How do we find the assurance to BE in the fast-shuffling modalities that keep us from finding our footing? Join Doug as we navigate this liminality through poetry and practice. Bring your experience, strength and hope.

Doug Fritzsche is a Spiritual Director and retired Presbyterian Pastor living in Austin, Texas. I have a MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a whole previous career as a business owner and as a photojournalist. Before moving to Austin, I spent the largest part of my life before coming here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sharon Dunn on Cultivating Beauty as a Daily Practice
August 26th

Sharon Dunn on Cultivating Beauty as a Daily Practice

It may be ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.  Take an hour to be reminded to look for the simple beauty that can be found all around you.  We’ll use poetry, silence and discussion to raise our awareness of the calming peace that can be found in paying attention to the subtle pleasures.

Sharon is a spiritual director, offering sessions through Eremos in Austin. She has been part of the Eremos community for more than 20 years, drawing lessons about knowing God from many offerings of the Eremos programs and appreciating beauty wherever it can be found. 

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